Felix Hidalgo, Juan Luna, and the Manila shawl

Three paintings have drawn my attention from the many artworks and artefacts on display at Ayala Museum’s “Intertwined: Transpacific, Transcultural Philippines” exhibition. Two of them were painted by Juan Luna, the other one by Felix Resureccion Hidalgo. I wrote a blog four years ago about the artworks of Luna and Hidalgo at the National Museum … Continue reading Felix Hidalgo, Juan Luna, and the Manila shawl

Why Romanticism is more than just about Romance

It is difficult for someone like me to separate the study of literary movements from pursuing a deeper understanding of the classical works of Western literature. I have realised that prolonged exposure to the canonical works will eventually require concepts of art history and literary criticism. In other words, a deep passion for the works … Continue reading Why Romanticism is more than just about Romance

The What’s What of French Impressionism

Attending the art appreciation lecture by Sir Bryan Anthony Paraiso on Understanding French Impressionism was an exciting learning experience. It was the first time I was able to access the Filipino society of  visual arts connoisseurs. The event was also a good opportunity for me to further understand the birth, influence, and the cessation of an … Continue reading The What’s What of French Impressionism